Despite their reputation, not all Chihuahuas are grumpy, loud little dogs. Some are shy, while others love to play with children and guests in the house – it all boils down to the individual dog. On the whole, these dogs love cuddling and are fiercely loyal, which definitely counts in our books as a good temperament.
For the remainder of this article, we’re going to address some questions that owners such as yourself have been asking the most this week. Why do Chihuahuas sometimes bite their owners? Are boys or girls better pets? Read on to get the answers to these questions and more!
Table of Contents
- Are Chihuahuas usually aggressive?
- Why Chihuahuas are bad dogs?
- Is a Chihuahua a good family pet?
- Do Chihuahuas like to be cuddled?
- Why do Chihuahuas bite their owners?
- What do Chihuahuas love the most?
- Are Chihuahuas the worst dog breed?
- Do Chihuahuas bark a lot?
- Are Chihuahuas loyal?
- Are boy or girl Chihuahuas better?
Are Chihuahuas usually aggressive?
Not only are Chihuahuas aggressive, but among the 35 most popular breeds of dogs, they are actually the MOST aggressive. Even more so than Rottweilers, as it turns out. This is something that you can tone down, but you’ll need to be patient and consistent with the training.
Teach your dog the ‘sit command, and when your Chihuahua looks like they are going to be aggressive to another dog or person then tell them to sit, followed by praising them and giving them a treat. It takes a lot of time, but your dog will learn this, and you’ll be able to halt aggression in it’s tracks.
Why Chihuahuas are bad dogs?
A lot of people don’t like Chihuahuas, simply because they’ve been snubbed by one. Chihuahuas tend to attach themselves to one person and everyone else is tolerated at best, occasionally barked or even nipped at worst.
No one likes being snubbed and so the Chihuahua has been stuck with a reputation of being annoying, when they’re really just being incredibly selective and loyal.
Is a Chihuahua a good family pet?
Chihuahuas may not be a good fit for small children, who like to scoop up these little dogs and may well get nipped in the process.
Chihuahuas are very particular about being lifted, so if you want one and you have small kids then you will need to supervise any time with the dog and educate your children on how to handle it. If you can do this, then these little dogs make great family pets – they just need a certain amount of respect.
Do Chihuahuas like to be cuddled?
Chihuahuas love a good cuddle, as long as it happens to be your Chihuahua. These dogs are quite selective about who they will cuddle with, but if the dog loves you then expect to find them suddenly sitting close or even in your lap. These little dogs absolutely love the warmth and attention.
Why do Chihuahuas bite their owners?
Chihuahuas are extremely territorial and they are also particular about being handled. While it’s uncommon, some Chihuahuas will bite their owners if they try to touch their food or a favorite toy. If this happens, pull back your hand and whimper or say ‘ouch’ so that your dog knows that they have hurt you.
Your dog loves you and often doesn’t know that they’ve done more than simply ‘chastise’ you, and if you make it clear that the bites are hurting you then they will often occur less (with apology licks following any incidents) or they might even stop altogether. Your dog just has strong territorial instincts, so you’ll need to be patient.
What do Chihuahuas love the most?
Chihuahuas love a good nap in a soft, fuzzy bed, and they also like taking care of their territory, which amounts to barking at anything that so much as even looks at your yard! Most of all, however, your Chihuahua loves you. These dogs attach to their owners and can become codependent easily if you are not careful.
Provided that you socialize them so that they have other canine, feline, and human friends, then this won’t be a problem – otherwise you need to be sure to make plenty of time to give these dog’s your attention!
Are Chihuahuas the worst dog breed?
No, not at all. Chihuahuas that are socialized early to be around other people and animals are among the friendliest dogs that you will meet. They do have a bad reputation with some, but this is mostly because of the fact that they tend to ‘choose’ one person that they like.
Once they do this, they tend to ignore or even actively discourage the attentions of anyone else. Ultimately, it all depends on the individual dog and how you raise them, but Chihuahuas are definitely far from the ‘worst’ breed of dog.
Do Chihuahuas bark a lot?
Chihuahuas are very, very vocal, and you’ll know right away if anyone even steps into your front lawn or driveway. You can discourage this by filling a metal can halfway-full of pennies and when your dog barks, shake this can and say ‘quiet!’.
Be patient with the process and always give your dog praise and a treat when they quiet down with this technique. If you practice this with them every day, your dog will learn the command and you’ll have a little more control over your dog’s barking.
Are Chihuahuas loyal?
Chihuahuas are loyal almost to a fault. Even wrestling with a friend for fun can make your little dog think that you are in danger, and the odds are that your friend is going to be bitten! One of the best things about this breed is that once a Chihuahua gives you their love and loyalty, it’s pretty much set in stone.
That said, you’ll have to keep watch over your dog to make sure that they don’t put themselves into danger by attacking larger dogs or people over a mistaken intent. These dogs will do anything for you and they’re reckless about it, so understand this and make sure that it doesn’t get them into trouble.
Are boy or girl Chihuahuas better?
Female Chihuahuas are much more serious and suspicious of strangers than males. This can make them a little harder to socialize than the more playful males, but it also makes for a dog that gets into less trouble.
Males, while playful, can be more territorial and aggressive and are less gentle than the more thoughtful females. Ultimately, each dog will have their own individual personality, so it’s best to simply take a pup you are considering aside from the litter to see how they behave on their own.